Last night Palmer Report pointed out that Donald Trump hadn’t tweeted anything in days. For him this is very rare behavior, and has typically only occurred when his scandals have been at their very worst, temporarily stunning him into scared silence. The odd part this time is that it wasn’t clear just what had petrified him. This morning Trump finally erupted again, and he gave away that things may be even worse for him than we thought.
This morning Trump finally returned to Twitter, posting this tweet, which was nothing more than a quote he heard on Fox News: “He’s got a very good point. Somebody in the Justice Department has a treasure trove of evidence of Mrs. Clinton’s criminality at her own hands, or through others, that ought to be investigated. I fully agree with the President on that.” The dead giveaway that Trump is worried, of course, is when he begins tweeting nonsense about Hillary Clinton. Then he tweeted “NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION” in all capital letters.
So what’s specifically going on here? We still don’t know. We’ve gone from the scared-silent iteration of Trump, to ranting-about-Hillary iteration of Trump, and it’s still not clear which of his many scandals has spooked him so badly. This is coming after a week in which Robert Mueller indicted everyone under the sun and got campaign official Rick Gates to cut a plea deal against Trump. Trump is also facing new family troubles, as his Chief of Staff is trying to fire his son-in-law, and his daughter is trying to fire his Chief of Staff. But is there something we don’t know about?
We’re tempted to point out that in Donald Trump’s above tweet he attributed the words to the @judgenapolitano account on Twitter, which isn’t even the real Judge Napolitano, and is instead a fake account with zero followers. There’s no significance to this; we just enjoy making fun of the fact that Trump still has no idea how Twitter works. But something is clearly up here. Trump is at arguably his most rattled point yet, and for once in his oblivious life, he seems to know something we don’t.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report